Lakers beat Titans in second round playoffs

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On Friday, Nov. 15, the #3 seed Lakers faced off against the #19 West Salem Titans in the second round of the OSAA playoffs. In week one of the regular season, the Lakers traveled to West Salem to kick off the season. The Lakers had no trouble putting away the Titans, winning 42-21 thanks to senior Casey Filkins running for three touchdowns. On defense, junior Malcolm Williams intercepted three passes in the first half to stop the Titans offense. 

In the first round of the playoffs, #19 West Salem upset #14 Sunset 28-14, setting up a rematch against the Lakers in the second round. The Lakers coming off a 55-33 win over #30 Grants Pass. In the rematch, the Lakers struggled in the first half. 

At half time, they found themselves down 21-14, which is not something that the Lakers have been familiar with this year. In the second half, the gap increased to 28-14, but they never stopped fighting. The Lakers eventually won the game 41-32. Stanford commit Filkins rushed for five touchdowns and also threw a touchdown pass in the victory. In the second round, #22 Lakeridge upset #6 Aloha 51-40. 

This sets up a quarterfinal featuring a Civil War rematch on Friday, Nov. 22 at home at 7 p.m. Go show up to the game against our in-town rivals, as it will be the last home game of the season!